Just before we went on holiday my rechargeable grass strimmer finally packed up so by the time we returned to the UK the grass paths at the plot were more like a wild meadow up to our bloody thighs! My plot neighbour told me that ARGOS were doing some very reasonable strimmers so I popped along to look. £49 later I am now the proud owner of a great Spear and Jackson petrol strimmer and the plot is looking tons better.
Unfortunately I am camera-less at the moment, I broke mine earlier in the year and had been using D's instead but that now seems to have mysteriously disappeared, so I'm unable to show any pics of the plot, probably a good thing though as it's gone totally crazy with weeds! Having said that though the crops are all doing well and we are slowly munching our way through a complete potato mountain. The broad beans were never a success as they got blackfly in a bad way and I hadn't put enough plants in either, we did have enough for about 2 meals but that was about it. I am determined that I will sow mine in the Autumn/Winter this year to give them ahead start and use a normal variety not 'The Sutton' which is a dwarf variety.
We're doing ok though with the rest of the plot and actually seem to be have a good amount of different plants coming on :
Onions (red and white)
Carrots (Autumn king and early nantes)
Potatoes (Nadine, Maris piper, Duke of York, Pentland Javelin, Pink Fir apple)
Beans (Runner best of all and Wisely Magic, French beans, Borlotto / borlotti)
Peas (meteor and Greensage)
Cabbage (Savoy best of all, tundra and some B&Q bought plants that were going cheap!)
Courgette (Tondo di chiaro di nizza)
Parsnip (Tender and true and White Gem)
So it's now going in the right direction but there is SO much work to be done, once the paths are sorted we should be able to stay on top of things now that we have the strimmer, I really need to get a compost bin built and I have never finished sorting out the door for the shed (see earlier Laurel and Hardy experience!)
Bloody hard work 'aint it this allotment malarkey!